In Memory of Theo Visser
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the sudden death on 21st March of Theo Visser. We are all deeply shocked. He was an outstanding scientist and thyroidologist and has won many ETA awards, as recently as last year the Lissitzky Award. He was President of the ETA from 2011 to 2013.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and also to his close friends and colleagues. He will be sorely missed.
Pilar Santisteban, President of the ETA
on behalf of the Executive Committee and the Standing Office
With great sadness we were notified that Theo Visser suddenly passed away on March 21st 2018.
Theo has been a member of the thyroid group of Erasmus MC since 1973. In the 1980’s, Theo made major breakthroughs in the identification and mechanisms of deiodination. His longstanding interest and research in thyroid hormone transport led to the discovery of MCT8 in 2003, the most specific thyroid hormone transporter known to date. Soon afterwards, Theo was the first to identify patients with defective MCT8. More recently, he was among the first to identify patients with thyroid hormone resistance caused by mutation of the TRα1 receptor.
Theo was very committed to various (inter)national scientific organizations. Among other things, he was member of the Executive Committee (1984-1989) and President (2011-2013) of the ETA. Markers of his esteem include the Harington De Visscher Prize (ETA, 1991), Pitt Rivers Lecture (British Thyroid Foundation, 2005), Edwin B Astwood Award (Endocrine Society, 2009), Merck-Serono Prize (ETA, 2009), John B Stanbury Thyroid Pathophysiology Medal (ATA, 2013), European Medal (Society for Endocrinology, 2014), ETJ lecture (ETA, 2016) and Lissitzky Award (ETA, 2017).
Theo was not only a person with brilliant scientific ideas, but also an inspiration and mentor to many scientists throughout the world.
We will miss Theo deeply, and express our sincere sympathy to his family.
All members of the Erasmus MC Academic Center for Thyroid Diseases